Country Director

Mines Advisory Group, Iraq

Skill Required:, Project ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th July, 2020

Job Description

About the Iraq programme:

Following decades of conflict, Iraq is heavily contaminated with landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO). The recent regional crisis has added to the scale of this problem. MAG has been working in Iraq since 1992 and has expanded into new areas over the last few years. We currently have approximately 900 national staff and 100 teams operating in 7 areas across Northern Iraq, in both the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and Federal Iraq. By clearing hazardous areas, MAG has enabled new schools, roads and hospitals to be built, opened up vital trade routes and allowed communities to use their farming land in safety, giving them greater food security and an escape from poverty. Our work over the last 4 years in particular has supported the surveying and clearance of contaminated land, as well as delivering life-saving risk education for those who have fled the violence and are now seeking to return. The HQ office for the programme is in Erbil, KRI, with 6 operational bases in various locations and a support office in Baghdad.

About the role:

Reporting to the Regional Director, you will be MAG’s most senior representative in Iraq, responsible for the effective integration of strategic, programmatic and operational management and the development of new business, in compliance with contractual obligations and MAG’s mission and mandate. You will have a wide variety of strategic responsibilities including contract management, donor liaison, business development, people management, security management, capacity building and risk management. This position is based in Erbil, with travel to MAG’s operational bases as and when required.

About you:

  • You will have extensive experience working overseas at a senior management level in large scale programmes in the protection and/or humanitarian field. This includes extensive experience of managing complex multi-million dollar projects across a wide donor base as well as developing new businesses. You will have experience in leading programmes in volatile security environments, monitoring and analysing security information, assessing threats and managing critical incidents. Excellent people management skills and the ability to manage support functions including HR, administration, logistics and finance are key for this role.
  • Finally, you will have demonstrable experience of working in complex political contexts while representing the organisation at the highest level with multiple local, national and international stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have the tact, diplomacy and tenacity needed to lead MAG’s largest programme. Previous experience in the mine action sector is desirable but not essential.


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